Bacteria Build their own Compasses

Over the years, scientists have utilized the advances in technology and learned that simple life forms and cells are not so simple. This knowledge should make them appreciate the brilliance of the Master Engineer. Unfortunately, many prefer their incoherent materialistic worldviews.

The word simple is relative, as bacteria are simple when compared to people. Most bacteria are beneficial as well as possessing complex traits such as mobility. This mobility is further enhanced in an unexpected way: They use compasses for navigation — and do not have ready-made materials that are available to humans.

Compass and map, Pixabay / Ylanite Koppens
Folks might think that bacteria just meander and mosey around until opportunities arise to do bacteria stuff, but they not only use compasses, they build them! (When we build them, materials are commonly available.) Building them involves using crystals containing iron. The entire process is nowhere near understood, but scientists are still trying to find ways to use it for our own benefit. Clearly, this is an example of specified complexity; evolution need not apply. When misotheists say that things only appear to be designed, feel free to laugh.
Compasses have played a pivotal role in the history of navigation. However, for thousands of years before humans invented them, compass needles were manufactured and used for navigation by microscopic bacteria. These bacteria live in almost all aquatic environments around the world.

In his renowned book On the Origin of Species, Darwin stated: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” [He further stated that he was going to believe in his theory anyway.] In line with this, famous evolutionist J.B.S. Haldane claimed that evolution could never produce “various mechanisms, such as the wheel and magnet, which would be useless till fairly perfect.” Yet, since Haldane made this claim, both magnets and wheels (circular components of machines that rotate around axles) have been discovered in many species of bacteria, along with many other living things.

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